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I'm too old to even have a clue who's cool for the teenyboppers these days. Is rap still all the rage? Watching late night TV I rarely know the musical guests anymore and wouldn't want to know them. Any suggestions from the oldies out there?
What you bring up here invokes another angle on all this. The music industry is bitching and whining about losing money, which they attribute to downloading and copying. What they are not realizing is that most of what they put out is junk and not worth buying.
Same with movies, no more plot needed, just stupid camera tricks. I sat through a documentary the other day and every time they changed pictures on the screen they had some special effect. Zoom in and out three times in two seconds, scramble the picture like the old cable did, white out. Do they think that brings my attention to this ? They almost make you think your TV is broken.
Most of the creativity is gone, and what is left will not be "discovered" because of favoritism. You used to send a demo tape in to a radio station and if the DJ thought it was any good he would play it. People would call and ask who that is.
Since the youngins are listening to junk they might as well listen to it on junk. Eventually you might get the chance to expose them to something good, especially on a good system. And I don't care how good those earbuds are, or headphones, nothing beats a good pair of speakers properly placed in a good listening environment. You think those brown note cannons work on your ears ? Hell no. This is why people go to concerts.
Seems like every generation scoffs at the next generation's music. I don't really want to become part of that but they really are putting out shit.
So now, they have changed the copyright laws so that stuff that was in public domain no longer is. I can't say for sure, but I bet a good piece of their income comes from old stuff.
One of the most innovative bands was the Beatles, followed by Pink Floyd. There were a few others, but we no longer have bands like that. Well we might but if they don't know anyone in the business they will play in their basement.
What's more, people don't usually know that they are listening to a remake, or as they're called - a cover. So any songs I heard even in the 1960s and 1970s I thought were new were actually remakes from the 1950s or earlier.
Most of my stuff was in public domain, and I did not get a check. I bought Double Live Bullet three times. They got like over eighty bucks of my money and all the copies are gone, one I never even got to listen to. I had a wallful of vinyl. I had a whole case of CDs, bunch of cassettes and even eight tracks. If anyone thinks I owe them for downloading music then replace all that media for the cost of the media. I don't have any Celine Dion or Beyonce or whatever.
19 & 14.5. listening to various genres instilled by me from Reggae to R&B to John Mayer Disney show tunes(yuck)
I have a 17yo that listens to some type of weird gaming music. I forget what it is called, but it's similar to House with a repetitive beat that drones on for hours with random electronica sound effects every now and then. He doesn't live with me.
I have a 14yo that does live with me and he HATES the talentless autotuned rubbish that his peers are listening to. He listened to some newer rap until I turned him on to rap from 25-30 years ago. Back when at least somewhat talented people were still producing it. He also like classic rock, some reggae, Sublime, and The Dead Milkmen.
My 22 yr old son listens to classic rock (Hendrix, Doors, Who, etc), blues, as well as what is, at least to my ears, relatively inoffensive Rap. My 19 yr old son listens to mostly Rap, only some of which is relatively inoffensive.
...talentless drivel performed by people close to their own age. No guitars, no drums, just computers and pitch correction.
"No guitars, no drums, just computers and pitch correction"
That's pretty much it for pop/rock these days.
And, ear buds pump it directly into their brains.
Severius! Supremus Invictus
I have a 17 YRO daughter and a 15 YRO son-
very different tastes from both-
For my son- there was a period where classic rock CDs were the ultimate Christmas gift for him - now he is into local and non-commercial rap
For My daughter - she likes a lot of what I like - and Adel, Lourd Maroon 5 and a bunch of others that I have heard - as I drive them to school- but ...
I will say Getting the Daft Punk on Vinyl and the EU pressing of Lourd's first album were home runs for them - for a week....
My 19 year old girl is in college, plays rap, pop, folk and some others in the car. But when she gets tired of the cussin', she will go back to our local classical station.
As with jedrider's kid, she played violin in a (good) youth orchestra, and the other eve, as I drove by downtown LA, returning home from a wedding in Hollywood, a text came through and it was a pic of LAPhil warming up at Disney Hall...to play Beethoven 5 and Shostakovich 5.
Proud dad, I replied, "you played violin in both of those pieces before." She made the statement a few days later, "Shostakovich isn't that hard to listen to." Turns out she has been checking other Shostakovich symphonies. So, she has an ear for classical orchestral genre, you think?
As for jazz, 60-80's pop or folk or folk rock, dunno. Marches and related music, dunno. Audiophile albums, probably no.
What a relief as my last daughter was into the music du jour, which was pretty much crap. Interestingly, that daughter also played the violin in a youth orchestra but, big but, was much more a social person and, so, listened to what all her friends were listening to.
I've got a 15 yr old boy-
Chance the rapper, lot of kanye west, some nasty,
11 1/2 yr old girl- pop vocals- Taylor swift, Bruno
Neither goes off mainstream which is total
opposite of my tastes.
Had on velvet underground nico and janes addiction-
My son said they sounded like vomit and
Down's syndrome. In that order.
I wrote it down and made him sign it so later in
Life he could apologize.
Darned funny that you had him sign it. Mine is 12 but can be discriminating, though he usually opts for . . . what used to be called "space music." More like sounds than music.
THAT'S EXACTLY what young people listen to.
As for the crap you were playing to which your 15 yo objected - he'll never apologize for that - he may apologize for much else - especially to his father - his Father - when he's older ---
--- but, if he's honest - he won't apologize for that.
Oh - and it's not as tho you were playing Chopin and he called it vomit.
Severius! Supremus Invictus
Steady diet of pop at our house before they flew the coop.
Youngest one recently went to a "Panic! At the Disco" concert. Have to say I am a fan of them - they are clearly influenced a little of Queen even though they don't much sound like them.
"We have met the enemy and he is us" - Pogo
My 19 year old and his GF have become classic rock fans. His favorite band is Kansas and hers is Led Zeppelin.
Guitar Hero (the video game) saved classic rock for their generation. Most of my son's friends had no interest in music or were into speed metal or rap. When guitar hero was popular they would walk into our house and hear AC/DC, You Shook Me All Night Long cranking out while I cooked and actually sat in my listening room and listened to the songs they knew from the game. Heart - Barracuda was the consensus track at that time.
Wonderful news! I never took the trouble to find out what Guitar Hero was, but if it gets them to listen to and cherish the music of my g-g-g-generation, it's doing the Lord's work! (Probably!) At least it's bringing the generations together and let's face it: our music is much better!
It's never too late to turn back the clock.
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